On the 7th day of Christmas, The Watering Hole gave to me:
But first, here's my answer to the 12 Holiday Questions:
1. What's your favorite Holiday song?
This is a tough one, but I'm going to have to go with Silent Night. On a serious note, it is such a beautiful song, and I have fond memories caroling when I was younger. On a not so serious note, it reminds me of our Christmas Eve service at church every year. My brother Colin never fails to disappoint, as he dresses to the nines for the service and always sings in a high falsetto voice during the candle-lit version of Silent Night. We take turns every year sitting next to him, as it is a major exercise in self-control.
2. What's your favorite holiday memory?
Funny story. I was the oldest of four kids, so I believed in Santa WAY longer than is normally acceptable. My 5th grade (!!) teacher spilled the beans, and it took me a few days to process before I admitted the faux pas (and my new-found disbelief) to my parents. One night, I told my dad we needed to "talk," and, based on my expression, he ushered my into the living room behind closed doors. I very seriously told him, "I don't believe in Santa anymore." With a huge sigh, my dad said, "Phew! I thought you were going to tell me you were pregnant." Funny guy, that Bret Bevis is.
3. What's your favorite holiday indulgence?
Appetizers! Every year on Christmas Eve, we feast on appetizers before we open presents. Mozzarella sticks, spinach dip, shrimp cocktail, cheese & crackers--you name it, it's there! Mmmmm, I can't wait! Bring it on, calories!
I could say "see above," but in the interest of redundancy, I will say that my favorite holiday food is the peppermint ice cream that hits the shelves every December. I couldn't eat it it all year round, as it would lose its charm, but it definitely holds a special spot in my freezer (and my heart!) every holiday season. Stuff is DELISH.
5. What's your favorite holiday craft?
Funny you ask! I am up to my elbows in Pinterest crafts for gifts. I can't reveal them just yet, but I do highly encourage you to check out Pinterest when in need of gifts. It is my FAVORITE! For student holiday projects, please see #9 :)
6. What's your favorite holiday tradition?
Oh gosh. This is a toughie! There are a ton to choose from, and this one might seem insignificant, but this really is a special one for me. Every day after Christmas, my mom and I go to Pat Catan's (craft store, for you non-north-easterners) and load up on clearance Christmas items. I'm all about sales, but I'm even more about my mom, and we just have a b-l-a-s-t. Lots of hemming and hawing ("Do I really NEED this?") and just a great time overall. For those of you who aren't privileged enough to know Pat Catan's----I'm sorry. I am so, so sorry.
7. What's your favorite holiday movie?
Does Home Alone count? I can't get enough of this movie, and look forward to its return every holiday season. There's something about the way Kevin McAllister eats cheese pizza, applies aftershave, and defeats criminals that just gets me every time. Keep the change, ya filthy animal!
8. What do you get your class for a holiday gift?
Honestly, I change this one up every year depending on my kiddos. One year, I created personalized bookmarks based on their interests. This year, my class is obsessed with this plastic pointer we use for big books, so I'm thinking a trip to the Dollar Tree is in order so I can wipe out their entire selection. Easy and fun!
Christmas Around the World! I have my own 1st grade teacher to thank for this. Mrs. Gerard helped us make the CUTEST wreaths featuring all of the holidays we learned about. They were so wonderful, in fact, that my mom still hangs mine every year and to this day, it is my favorite Christmas decoration :)
10. What's your favorite holiday book?
As cliche as it sounds, I love How the Grinch Stole Christmas. To be totally honest, I am SO not a fan of Dr. Seuss books for read-aloud purposes, as they are very word-heavy and confusing and LONG. Phonetically, they are great. With that being said, I love, love, love the Grinch for its message it sends. One of my favorite reading/DRA-related themes to teach is the author's message, and this book is amazing from so many angles, even if your little ones don't celebrate Christmas!
11. What's your favorite holiday product?
I'm loving my monthly interactive poetry notebooks this year, and the December notebook is no exception! I love writing poetry, so not only is it a creative outlet for me, but it also is fun for the kids! I love the combination of poetry, task cards, and activities for each poem.
12. What do you want Santa to bring you this year?
TPT gift cards, of course! This is not just a plug, it is the truth. For proof, here is the Christmas list I sent to my mom:
I just realized how teacher-heavy my list is! On that note, (ahem, Santa!!) another snow day or two wouldn't hurt, either ;)
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